ReMix: Kirby Super Star 'Victory Festival'
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"Taucer: arrangement, production, live performance of guitars and irish whistle.
Usa: arrangement of percussion, bass, and piano, as well as a few very helpful ideas and suggestions along the way. Usa also supplied the patches used for the fiddle and the vox synth.
...I borrowed a lot of ideas from Mitsuda's "My Village is Number One" from the Xenogears OST, as that was very close to the feel I was aiming for. I would also like to say that it was absolutely awesome working with Usa. His percussion tracks were especially brilliant, and this mix would not have been anywhere near as good without his help. I definitely consider this to be my best work so far."
...and I'd agree. I actually heard a version of this (not sure if it was the final or not) at the DC meetup several months ago, and knew it would be great. The acoustic elements add an authentic folksy, Celtic vibe, the 6/8 signature works beautifully, and the two ReMixers' respective performances jive well. There's quite a varied instrumentation, including fiddle, irish whistle, xylophone, acoustic guitar, bass, bagpipes, and a broad assortment of percussion. The samples used are exquisite, also, letting the acoustic performances blend seamlessly with the sequenced. At 2'20", this is a short piece, and doesn't go off on any number of tangential solos I'm sure either artist would have had no problem improvising, which shows a good deal of restraint. The Mitsuda influence is blatant - he's one of the only game composers that I'm aware of working with folksier motifs fairly often, and taking that style and applying it to Kirby has yielded a brief but memorable and transporting track; I attended a regional Celtic festival a few years back, and this literally would have fit right in. Jeremy's a multitalented guy who can juggle, do gymnastic-type stuffs, and somehow make a large, blonde afro work on a small white head, but what's more impressive is that he's improving his craft, collaborating with a variety of other artists, and bringing a deeper (and wider) acoustic presence to the ReMixing world. In this collaboration with Usa, he's illustrated this, and anyone into Kirby or Celtic/acoustic folk instrumentals is in for quite a treat.
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Dafydd wrote: I still thought it was kinda lame to say "oh, yeah, I took part in making this remix, but I had no say when it came to that bagpipe". Didn't he listen to the final version before it was submitted?
No, actually, he didn't. Usa was gonna do the final mastering, and then his computer got pwnt, and he was completely out of touch for awhile, so I mastered it and submitted it myself, without him hearing the final version until it was already submitted.
EDIT: In fact, for the record, Usa offered to render it with several other bagpipes sounds which were much more realistic, and I turned them down because I liked the feel of this one, synthy though it may be. Perhaps I was just biased because my synth's pipes were the ones I was most used to hearing.
Anyway, THE BAGPIPES ARE ENTIRELY MY RESPONSIBILITY, AND USA HAD NO SAY IN THEM.
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